Monday, December 19, 2005
On this day:

Cover your cough

...just not with your hands.

FLORENCE (AP) — The impulse to cover a cough or sneeze with a hand is ingrained in many from childhood.

These days, though, the instructions go a bit further. The focus is now on covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, if available, then discarding the tissue and thoroughly washing your hands. No tissue?

Use the inside of your elbow to block those germs.

It's all part of the Centers for Disease Control's "Cover your Cough" campaign, which highlights the importance of good hygiene in preventing the spread of colds and flu.

Better yet...just lock yourself inside your house and avoid all human contact.